Have you booked your weekend off? This year is the 30th SUICRO – the annual conference of the SUI and the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation – and it’s going to be good. This years event is from Friday 24th until Sunday 26th October. More details to follow shortly but the programme includes the usual talks series, trade stands, equipment demonstrations, competitions and also the SUI Cave Photography Workshop.
Congratulations to Al Kennedy and Petie Barry who have received a special commendation in the 2014 Tratman Award for their editorial work of Irish Speleology Number 20 which was published in October. The Tratman Award is an annual prize given in the field of speleological literature pertaining to Ireland and the UK. Past winners include Martyn Farr, Chris Howes and the authors of the classic Caves of Fermanagh and Cavan. Well done Petie and Al! IS 20 is available to purchase through the SUI Shop
An EGM of the SUI is being held on the evening of Saturday 24th May in the visitors centre of Aillwee Caves, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare at 6 pm. The purpose of the evening is to present the financial statements of the SUI to the members but there will be a lecture following this entitled ‘The Hydrology of the Bellharbour region of the Burren, Co Clare’ given by Dr Tiernan Henry of the National University of Ireland, Galway. SUI members and others are encouraged to attend and refreshments will be provided.
The twenty-first edition of Irish Speleology, the journal of the SUI will be published in October 2014 at SUICRO 2014. Irish Speleology publishes articles on a wide range of cave-related subjects, including reports of new exploration, caving history, geological research, cave archeology, cave biology, etc.